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Top 10 Drones Under $300 For 2017

The popularity of drones is skyrocketing!! I can see why. Choosing a beginner drone can be difficult. What a perfect gift for an adventurous loved one. Its a fun interactive way to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. If your looking for a beginner drone you will find this list very helpful. Drones are a fun and unique way to explore nature from a birds eye view. The potential of drones is endless, a new era of technology is starting and drones are its core. If your into photography or just want a drone for a fun hobby I did a lot of research and put together a list of the top ten drones that anyone considering a new beginner drone should be interested in. Go ahead and make your way down the list and check out each one. If you decide this range isn’t right for you don’t worry I got you covered I have another list of drones under $200 or if you want to take the next leap up in features and overall performance I got you covered too with the best drone you can find for under $500. Drones have been used to record and photograph life events; such as weddings, concerts, delivering products, and drone racing just to name a few. Join the many who are making drones their new found hobby.

 

When choosing the best beginner drone There is a lot to consider. Here is my top 10 list of the best drones under $300 in no particular order. I provided a brief run down of the specs and features to consider. Hope This helps you make a choice.

 

Top drones of 2017 for under $300

Name Image Camera Time Price

Parrot AR

  720p   15 mins See Price

Holystone HS300

   1080p  10 mins See Price

Blomiky Bugs 2

   1080p  13 mins See Price

Parrot Bebop Quadcopter

   1080p  15 mins See Price

Xiro Xplorer

   1080p  25 mins See Price

Polaroid PL2300

   720p  10 mins See Price

Xfuny B2W Bugs RC Drone

   1080p  20 mins See Price

Hubsan H501S

  1080p  20 mins See Price

Upair One

   1080p  19 mins See Price

Wingsland S6 Pocket RC Selfie Drone

   4K HD 10 mins  See Price

Parrot AR

Parrot brand is always a safe choice when choosing your beginner drone.

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 GPS Edition, the Flight Recorder is included as standard and offers you new features, including geolocation, improved stability, destination point selection, flight recording

and videos. In the AR.Drone Academy section of your mobile app, you can even review all of your flights modelled in 3D.

HD Video Recording

720p 30fps HD camera

  • Wide-angle lens: 92° diagonal
  • Basic encoding profile: H264
  • Photo format: JPEG
  • Connection: Wi-Fi

Electronic Assistance

Processor: ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz 32-bit processor with DSP video 800 MHz TMS320DMC64x

  • OS: Linux 2.6.32
  • RAM: DDR2 1 GB at 200 MHz
  • USB: High-speed USB 2.0 for extensions
  • Wi-Fi b g n
  • Gyroscope: 3 axles, accuracy of 2,000°/second
  • Accelerometer: 3 axles, accuracy of +/- 50 mg
  • Magnetometer: 3 axles, accuracy of 6°
  • Pressure sensor: Accuracy of +/- 10 Pa
  • Altitude ultrasound sensor: Measures altitude
  • Vertical camera: QVGA 60 FPS to measure the ground speed

Motors and Weight

  • 4 “inrunner” type brush-free motors: 14.5 watts and 28,500 rev/min
  • Micro ball bearing: Yes
  • Nylatron Gears: Yes
  • Bronze self-lubricating ball bearings: Yes
  • Weight
  • With internal frame 380 g
  • With external frame 420 g

 

 

 

Holystone HS300

Holystone HS300

A beginner drone is a tough choice. The HS300 was extremely stable and with the added Altitude hold feature you will find it is easier to control and capture very nice video and photos. I was able to fly for about 15 minutes before the

warning lights came on which is more than enough time to have fun and capture video. The controller feels good in your hands and gives you some nice features without over complicating things.

You get 2 batteries, 2 usb charging cables, and some extra propellers should you need them.

Holy Stone HS300 Drone
Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
15 min Outdoor 1080p HD 7.4V 2000mAh/14.8Wh 200 min 1,4 lbs 19×17.5×19 inches 150 m

Blomiky Bugs 2

Blomiky Bugs 2 is Brushless Motor equipped, Independent ESC,Two-way 2.4GHz,One Key Return,0.5KM 5G WIFI Distance. GPS Function:In GPS mode,the aircraft can accurately locate position

itself after receiving position signal sent by the satellites, if it encounters external interference, the aircraft can regain its location and maintain steady flight, One Key Return: When GPS is available.

Blomiky Bugs 2 remembers the exact spot that it took off from, wherever Blomiky Bugs 2 is flying, just push the RTH(Return To Home) button to have it return right back home. Headless mode, IOC-

-Intelligent Orientation Control: by using IOC, pilots do not need to worry about the aircraft nose’s orientation, wherever the nose points, the forward direction has nothing to do with the nose

direction ,Your Front is the aircraft’s front. Altitude Hold and Lower Power Automatically Retune: If the battery of the aircraft is running down and low to the minimum-allowed value, the aircraft will

automatically return to the take-off point and then land safely. and Lost contact automatically return: If the Blomiky Bugs 2exceeds the control distance or los remote control signal, it will

automatically return back to the take-off position and land safely.

Product Spec Breakdown

  • Design

    It’s a quadcopter design, which has four separate rotors to power the craft. If your not happy with the looks of the bugs 2 consider creating your own custom vinyl design using a heat press.

    Material:

    The body is made of sturdy ABS plastic, the kind used in automobiles and helmets.

    Motor:

    The quadcopter is powered by four MT1806 1800KV brushless motors.

    Battery:

    Inside the Drone is a compact 1800mAh Lithium Polymer battery running at 7.4 volts.

    Communications:

    The craft utilizes 2.4 GHz frequency dual way transmitter for stable control and comms.

    Navigation:

    The Bugs 2 uses an onboard GPS system to guide itself outdoors.

    Sensors:

    For improved stability, there is a 6-Axis gyroscope on the flyer.

    Video Capabilities:

    The drone has an integrated camera capable of 1080p resolution.

    Controls:

    The quadcopter can be operated using a remote control with intuitive and easy to master joystick controls. To grab visuals from the camera in real time, there is a First Person View system that can be accessed from a smartphone/iPhone, using WiFi.

    Dimensions:

    25.5 x 25.5 x 7.5 cm, or 10 x 10 x 3 inches. The mentioned figures are without including the rotors/propellers. The drone weighs 445g, or 15 oz, including the battery pack.

    Variants:

    Three color options are available, black, red and white. There will be two different variants of the Bugs 2. One variant is expected to have standard specifications, while the second version will have the optional FPV support.

 

Parrot Bebop Quadcopter

Parrot Bebop Quadcopter you are able to Explore the world in 14 megapixel full HD 1080p and capture any vista with Bebop’s 180° field of view. So what makes this a good beginner drone? Cruise at your own pace and return home.

automatically Take clear photos and videos using advanced 3-axis image stabilization. Fly farther and faster with quick charging Lithium ion batteries (included). Control your experience with our

Free Flight Pro app (iOS, Android, Windows 8.1)

Remote Control

 

Max Operating Distance
820 ft

RC Vehicle

 

Flash Memory
8 GB

 

Interface
USB, Wi-Fi

 

Supported Protocols
IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

 

Wi-Fi Bands
2.4 GHz, 5 GHz

Lens System

 

Max View Angle
180 degrees

Digital Camera

  • Camera
    included
  • Sensor Resolution
    14
  • Capture Formats
    H.264
  • Still Image Formats
    DNG, JPEG, RAW
  • Video Recorder Resolutions
    1920 x 1080 (1080p)
  • Frame Rate
    30 frames per second

Battery

  • Technology
    lithium polymer
  • Capacity
    1200 mAh
  • Run Time (Up To)
    22 min

 

Xiro Xplorer

Xiro Xplorer is a ready to fly quadcopter is Upgradable to Xplorer V or Xplorer G version. Has the ability to Auto shut-down after landing to prevent accident. For a beginner drone the return home function is vital. Return Home function will activated

automatically when connection is lost or in low battery for extra safety. As a defining plus there is a built-in 5,200-mAh lithium polymer (LiPo) rechargeable battery can fly up to 25 minutes on a

single charge.

Xiro Specs

Diagonal Motor-Motor 225mm
Size 310*310*55mm
Weight (Including Battery) 431.2g
Hovering Accuracy H:±1.5m、V:±0.5m
Max. Flight Height 50m (adjustable)
Max. Flight Distance 100m
Max. Flight Time Approx. 15mins
Max. Ascent Speed 3m/s
Max. Descend Speed 2m/s
Max. Horizontal Speed 8m/s

 

Polaroid PL2300

Get ready to fly with Polaroid’s PL2300 Camera Drone! Its a great choice for a beginner drone.  This iOS and Android-compatible drone has a built-in HD 720p Wi-Fi Gimbal camera that live streams video and photos to your smart phone

or a memory card. Record videos for up to 10 minutes at a distance of up to 492 feet. The PL2300’s total flight distance is up to 1000 feet, total flight time is up to 8 minutes, and charge time is up to

130 minutes. Control this drone with a 2.4 GHz remote control with multiple flight speeds with speeds up to 16.15 mph. The PL2300 has a 6-axis gyroscope flight stabilization system, headless mode

so pilots need not worry about orientation while in flight, auto-return in headless mode, altitude hold mode, and 360 degree flips.

Product Features:

  • Live stream high definition Wi-Fi videos and photos to smartphones with free app from App Store and Google Play. Support OS: Android 4.3 or later, iOS v6 or higher. Wi-Fi record distance up to 200 feet (60 m). Record up to 10 minutes of full color video.
  • Built-in HD 720p Wi-Fi camera
  • Up to 8 minutes of flight time
  • Distance up to (492) feet (150 m)
  • Speeds up to (16.15) mph (26 kph)
  • Charge time up to 130 minutes
  • 3 speed setting on remote controller
  • One-key auto landing
  • Altitude Hold mode
  • Auto-return in Headless mode
  • Headless mode
  • 6-axis gyroscope flight stabilization system

Specifications:

  • Length:15.75”
  • Width: 15.75”
  • Height:6.69”
  • Weight: 88.5 oz (5.53 lbs)

Xfuny B2W Bugs RC Drone

When choosing a beginner drone the bugs 2 has to be considered. It is a WiFi FPV GPS Drone: New generation two-way 2.4GHZ remote control to enhance distance control of the transmitter to 800-1000 meters for the ultimate flying experience.

20 Minutes Flying Time: 7.4V 1800mAh Lithium battery ensure up to 20 minutes of flight time. Brushless Motors ensure low friction during engine operation and reduce heat production.

1080P HD Camera: Real-time transfer video and photo, you can enjoy different angle view and taking beautiful pictures and video. More than 1, 000m remote distance allows the drone fly higher

and longer. One Key Return: When GPS is available,  bugs 2 will remember the exact spot that it took off from, wherever Bugs 2 is flying, just push the RTH (Return To Home) button to have it

return right back home.

Features:    

* Built in 1080P HD camera are tuned amazingly to capture stunning pictures and videos from the sky.
* Altitude hold mode function provides stable flight.
* GPS auto positioning system, accurate positioning location, perfect advanced follower.
* One key to return function makes it easily to find the way home.
* 2.4GHz Technology Adopted for Anti-Interference.
* 4 Channel which can do ascend, descend, forward, backward, left sideward fly, right sideward fly and rolling 360°.
* 6-axis gyro which can have more stable flying and be easy to control.
* With LED lights making the flight more spectacular especially in the dark.

Hubsan H501S

Hubson H501S is equipped with the following that make it an excellent choice for a beginner drone.

5.8G FPV Real-time tansmission & 2.4G RC receiver.
1080P HD camera with controller 4.3 inch LCD screen.
Max Flight radius:300m.
Flying time last to 20 minutes.
Fuctions :GPS Positioning/Follow Me/Headless/RTH/Altitude hold.

Some Features:

  • Size- 8.6*8.6in
  • Flight Time- 20 minutes
  • Flying Weight- 500g
  • Battery- 7.4V 2700mAh Li-Po
  • Charging Time- 210 minutes Distance- 300 meters
  • Real Time FPV
  • Photo/Video
  • Brushless Motors
  • Camera Resolution- 1920*1080P
  • GPS/Follow Me/Headless/RTH

 

Upair One

So what makes this a good beginner drone? Just take a close look at all these features.

Upair One is equipped with the following: 57-inch FPV Screen Remote Controller and FPV Real-Time Video: Enjoy cool live video 2.7K Camera with Perfect Full HD (1080P). Position Hold Mode,

Headless Mode, Altitude Hold Mode, One key Return Home, Low-voltage return home, Lost contact return home. Intelligent Li-Po battery with a full capacity of 5400mAh enables up to approx.19

minutes flight time. Built in multiple safety protection system against to over-charging, over-current, over-discharging. Combine professional motor, Maximum Ascending Velocity 3m/s, Maximum

Vertical Velocity 4.5m/s, Maximum Horizontal Speed 14m/s

 

Upair One Breakdown

Total Flying Weight: 47.62 oz (1350 g)
Rotor Span: 14″ (355 mm)
Height: 8.66″ (220 mm)
Construction: Polycarbonate/ABS composite plastic shell and skids; plastic gimbal mounts with silicone dampeners; plastic propellers
Onboard Electronics: UPair proprietary ten-channel 2.4 GHz multirotor
Transmitter: UPair ten-channel 2.4 GHz multirotor with 5.8 GHz FPV screen, gimbal pitch control, video/photo selector switch, flight mode switch and 2200mAh 3S lithium polymer battery
Battery: UPair 5400mAh 3S intelligent lithium polymer
Motors: UPair 2212 brushless outrunner; Kv rating not specified
Propellers: UPair 9450; identical to those of the DJI Phantom 3
Camera: UPair by Firefly with Sony lens and CMOS pickup, 900mAh lithium-ion battery, OLED status display, WiFi, HDMI and USB connectivity and up to 4K resolution in .mov and .jpg formats; 32 GB Class 4 micro SD card required
Gimbal: UPair two-axis with gyroscopic control and brushless motors; maximum pitch 90 degrees; tilt is adjustable via the transmitter
Operator Skill Level/Age: Experienced beginner; 14+
Typical Flight Duration: 19 – 25 minutes

Wingsland S6 Pocket RC Selfie Drone

Winsland S6 is anything but ordinary, excellent beginner drone to fly. S6 is a phone-sized drone, which can be easily put into your pocket, with a 4K camera. In weight of only 250g, it lets you carry it hassle free. By using the multiple smart control and recording functions, you are able to take down the happy moments and share it anytime, anywhere. In addition, the extended accessories will also lead

you to more happiness and enjoyment. WINGSLAND S6 Outdoor Edition. This Edition does not provide the assistant indoor positioning function. Compared to The Advanced Edition, S6 Outdoor

edition disables assistant indoor positioning function. Users who seldom fly drones indoor can now enjoy the same equivalent experience with less money.

 

Model S6
Colors Camouflage, Green Blood, Metallic Silver, Banana, Fresh Orange,Subtle Acqua
Aircraft Weight 230g (included battery)
Diagonal Size 190mm
Aircraft Dimensions Unfolded: 138mm*169mm*26.8mm
Fold: 138mm*79mm*26.8mm
PackageDimensions 189mm*128.5mm*77.25mm
Package Weight 548g
Motors Brushless Motor, Model: 1106, 4300KV
Propellers 4 pairs (8 pieces) 3 inch
OperatingTemperature 0-40℃
Max Flying Speed 8m/s
Max Flying Altitude 100m
Max TransmissionDistance 100m
Wi-Fi Frequency 2.4GHz
Live View Quality 480p, 720p
Sensor 1/3.06 inch (CMOS), Effective Pixels: 13M
Lens FOV 117°, f/2.2, focus at ∞
Video Resolution 4K@30fps,1920*1080@60fps,3-axis Electronic Image stabilization
APP Name WINGSLAND Fly
OS Requirement iOS 8.0 (or later), Android 4.4 (or later)
Control Modes Virtual Joystick Mode, Motion Sensitive Mode
Flight Modes Beginner Mode, Standard Mode, Home Lock Mode, Course LockMode
Positioning System Outdoor: GPS/GLONASS Dual-GPS System
Indoor: Infrared & Optical Flow Sensor
IntelligentFunctions One-Key Take-off/Landing: Auto Take-off/Landing
One-Key Return-to-Home: The aircraft return to the last recorded home point automatically.
Point of Interest: The aircraft orbits the object automatically after adjusting the circling radius.
Follow Me: The aircraft will follow the operating mobile device automatically.
360°Photo: The aircraft rotates 360 degrees in place and takes 12 photos at the same time.
Flipping: The aircraft flips in the air.
Attachments Boom Boom toy gun, Searchlight, Emoji Display,(Object avoidance attachment will be released at a later late, join the S6 email list to be among the first to hear about release dates)
Certificates FCC, CE, SRRC, KCC (MSIP), NCC, WEEE, RoHS
Battery Type Li-Po 2S
Battery Capacity &Voltage 7.6V, 1400mAh
Max Flight Time Approx. 10 Mins (vary depending on environmental conditions and usage patterns)
Charging Port Micro USB (support portable power bank)
Charging Input 5V/1A-2A (self-adapted)
Charging Output 8.7V/0.5A-1A (self-adapted)
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